Big Data: Understanding Patterns of Human Behavior
With rapid advances in technology how can psychological science exploit the mountains of information stemming from technology, and what can psychological science teach those developing the technology to optimize the human experience? In this wide-ranging program speakers will describe how they have harnessed technological advances to understand human behavior, and what the promises and pitfalls may be.
Michael Jones, Indiana University
The Psychology of Violence
Violence is one of the most inexplicable mysteries of modern human behavior. What has psychology learned over the past decades in the etiology of violent behavior, predictors of who will harm others or themselves, and what can evolutionary approaches teach us about our violent ancestral past and the potential for change.
John T. Monahan, University of Virginia, Distinguished Speaker
Changing Neurobiology with Behavior
Psychological science often starts with the premise that our neurobiological milieu shape and influence our behavioral responses. This cross-cutting theme program reverses those causal arrows to explore how behavior—from life experiences to cognitive training to mindfulness attention—can modify underlying biological structure, thus highlighting the bidirectional nature of experiences and biology.
Darlene D. Francis, University of California, Berkeley
Presidential Cross-Cutting Theme Program
Science and Technology
Psychological research and the technology industry mutually inform and influence each other, but rarely do these two worlds meet to engage in open dialogue. This cross-cutting theme program features scientists and industry leaders organized around three subthemes: behavioral genetics, mobile sensing, and social networks. We pose the questions, how can scientists take advantage of rapid technological advances, and how can technology harness what social scientists know about human behavior?